We rely on volunteers to continue our radio-reading services. We accept volunteer-readers who commit to reading informational segments
(including local news articles) as well as recreational texts (of the readers choosing). We are able to grant community service hours for individuals who require this.
Iv'e been volunteering since 1998. Iv'e enjoyed doing it, it has been a wonderful experienced. It's been interesting. I love to read on the radio. What would you do if you could't read the news paper anymore you would feel so cut off. This is a way to keep you connected because we read the radio. Through my volunteering here I worked with services to the blind teaching independence living skills to people who have lost their sight or were losing their sight.
I was introduced to Tina by my beautician and Tina told me about the program. I wanted to give something back so, I began reading the news with Tina. Once I began doing this my sight started to deteriorate. I found out I had vacuolar degeneration. I must receive injections in the eye. and regular check ups receive regular check ups. I dread not being able to come here and read. I can not see the microwave and washer machine dials. I just look at the time and temperature it is set. I can still drive I just have trouble with detail. I couldn't imagine what people go through with worse eye sight than me. I enjoy being here every Tuesday and it has been a great thing for me to do. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't come anymore.
Volunteer 15 years
I can't see to read anything at all. It helps me out different things I like to listen too during the day and night. When you cant read you cant read. It's really a good thing when you have nothing to do.
The radio reading service has really impacted my life because it keep me informed on local, national and state events. I am unable to read printed text, so it has enlightened me to and kept me abreast of current events, items in grocery , features story books, and even exercises available in the reading services. It has been a great help to me to stay very active with all the dealings going on in the United States.
For a while, I have been looking for ways to give back to the community. Little did I know that, taking one class in Social work for my senior year I would be able to do just that. By chance, I was able to be placed with a volunteer opportunity that my artistic skills could be useful. As soon as I made the call for the placement I could tell that I was going to be assisting in a positive environment. Setting up and creating my first official website has been a true pleasure. As an artist this has not only provided me with an opportunity to learn but, also illustrated ways as an artist, I can help others and do what I love.
Volunteer Web designer
Waking up to one morning to find that I had a black spot on my right eye I immediately went to the doctor he had taken my blood pressure he came to the realization that I was about to lose my site permanently. My blood pressure had been elevated for quite some time. I was not aware at the time that it could happen to anyone.Years later my daughter experienced temporary vision loss as well. For years we searched to find a solution to why her sight was failing. A neurologist informed us that perhaps we should try a gluten-free diet. None the less, she regained her sight. Both of my parents have had surgery for glaucoma and cataracts my father and mother are still under doctors care for the direction of their life for category for glaucoma this prompted me to understand the plight of those that are potentially at risk and those that have come permanently lost their site.This is why we are so passionate about the South eastern North Carolina radio reading service we really radio WRRES.